Susannah Kolstad

Postpartum Doula

Finding the right NOVA Doula is very personal decision.

Alexandria, VA

Recent Reviews

5.0 of 5 (6)
Susannah was a lifesaver for me! After an emergency C-section I developed post-partum anxiety and was unable to sleep. She was incredibly kind, patient, knowledgable, and generous with her wealth of experience. She helped me set up the breast pump and showed me how to use it. She sent me links to amazing resources on everything from post-partum depression to yoga for sleep to videos on how to feed baby a bottle properly. She took excellent care of my son, and always managed to feed him and get him back to sleep without trouble. She was 100% reliable, knowledgable, caring, and experienced. I highly recommend her!
Susannah's help was invaluable to us during the first 12 weeks after giving birth. Susannah served as our post partum doula and was happy to bathe, swaddle, rock, feed and cuddle our baby while we caught up on much needed sleep. While the baby slept she performed light housekeeping and cooked wonderful meals. While we were awake she shared her expertise on everything from baby wearing to the most effective ways to soothe a gassy baby. Furthermore she performed a beautiful sealing ceremony complete with ceremonial bathing and belly binding which I found to be truly transformative. I highly recommend Susannah without reserve.
Susannah is a fantastic postpartum doula for newborns! She's friendly, conscientious, reliable. Her training and experience are top notch; she's so knowledgable. Clearly, she loves babies and helping moms through those first 2-3 months (or less, if you can manage on your own). She's available for questions by text and email. Her range of postpartum services are impressive. As a mom herself, she gets it. Thanks to her help overnight and my mom's help during the day, my recovery was dramatically less intense with my second than it was with my first. Her help allowed me to get a little more rest, stay a little more connected during a time that can be so isolating, and my husband to get the rest he needed to be able to function at work. Signing on for Susannah's postpartum services is a wise investment that benefits the health of the family. For me, it was essential.
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Alexandria
Alexandria VA 22314, United States
Mon: 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tue: 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wed: 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thu: 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Fri: 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM

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About me

In 2011, I welcomed my first son into this world. My birth experience was not what I had wanted or expected. After the birth, I experienced many of the challenges that many new mothers experience from baby blues to breastfeeding challenges to returning to work. When I became pregnant in 2013, I surrounded myself with women in the birth community including midwives, doulas, lactation consultants and childbirth educators who showed me that we can have the empowering birth and postpartum experience that we want. During this time, I realized that I too wanted to assist women during the postpartum experience. My second birth and postpartum experience was empowering and full of joy.

Now, I dedicate my time to providing assistance to families in nurturing them through some of the most beautiful and challenging weeks of their lives. As a postpartum doula, I provide the care that a new family would have traditionally experienced. I provide a warm smile, a gentle touch, and an extra pair of hands. I help take the burden off the parents wherever I can so that they can focus on caring for their family or prepare for the birth of their baby or babies. I provide assistance and encouragement as they establish a breastfeeding relationship. I help them get the rest and nourishment that the family needs. I support families throughout the Northern Virginia and Washington DC areas including Arlington, Alexandria, Falls Church, McLean, Fairfax, Springfield, Burke and beyond.

So here is a little more information about me. I studied Biology at the University of Rochester. I also was fortunate to be selected to be a Take Five Scholar where I studied the Visual Representations of Women in Popular Culture. While at U of R, I met my husband. We have been married almost 7 years and have two sons, 4 years old and 1 year old. Before I became a postpartum doula, I was a litigation paralegal at a large Intellectual Property law firm in downtown Washington, D.C. for almost 9 years. I supported attorneys in cases that focused on trademark litigation. I later worked as a paralegal specialist in the Solicitor’s Office at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. After the birth of my second child, I began pursuing my passion. I completed my training to be a postpartum doula as well as a mother roaster through the Sacred Postpartum movement. When I am not supporting families or caring for my own children, I sing with a band, Ein Lanu Z’man, at my synagogue, Agudas Achim Congregation.


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Susannah Kolstad Reviews

5.0 of 5 (6)
Susannah was a lifesaver for me! After an emergency C-section I developed post-partum anxiety and was unable to sleep. She was incredibly kind, patient, knowledgable, and generous with her wealth of experience. She helped me set up the breast pump and showed me how to use it. She sent me links to amazing resources on everything from post-partum depression to yoga for sleep to videos on how to feed baby a bottle properly. She took excellent care of my son, and always managed to feed him and get him back to sleep without trouble. She was 100% reliable, knowledgable, caring, and experienced. I highly recommend her!
Susannah's help was invaluable to us during the first 12 weeks after giving birth. Susannah served as our post partum doula and was happy to bathe, swaddle, rock, feed and cuddle our baby while we caught up on much needed sleep. While the baby slept she performed light housekeeping and cooked wonderful meals. While we were awake she shared her expertise on everything from baby wearing to the most effective ways to soothe a gassy baby. Furthermore she performed a beautiful sealing ceremony complete with ceremonial bathing and belly binding which I found to be truly transformative. I highly recommend Susannah without reserve.
Susannah is a fantastic postpartum doula for newborns! She's friendly, conscientious, reliable. Her training and experience are top notch; she's so knowledgable. Clearly, she loves babies and helping moms through those first 2-3 months (or less, if you can manage on your own). She's available for questions by text and email. Her range of postpartum services are impressive. As a mom herself, she gets it. Thanks to her help overnight and my mom's help during the day, my recovery was dramatically less intense with my second than it was with my first. Her help allowed me to get a little more rest, stay a little more connected during a time that can be so isolating, and my husband to get the rest he needed to be able to function at work. Signing on for Susannah's postpartum services is a wise investment that benefits the health of the family. For me, it was essential.
There are not enough words to begin to describe how wonderful Susannah is as a Doula and a person. Hiring Susannah was one of the best decisions we made for our post-partum journey. As soon as we booked her services she sent us monthly email with tips and information for where we were in planning for our baby and our lives once she arrived. She checked in via Skype when in-person meetings were not possible, and was always available via phone, text or email. Our first day with Susannah was exactly what a new parent needed. Coming home from the hospital is overwhelming and she was exactly what the doctor should order. She was able to help us with swaddling, crying, feeding, ridiculous mom questions, and overall well-being. We had a difficult time with latching and breastfeeding and Susannah was a supportive, calm voice during the entire time. She had resources for us and let us play with her baby gear (slings, etc.), which was invaluable for our decision making as new parents.
Susannah is amazing. She really helped my family out during a sensitive and emotional time. She knows so much about babies and postpartum recovery. She is incredibly kind and eager to help. She also showed my baby love and affection, and has great swaddling skills. She would come over for a few hours to help take care of the baby, lend an emotional ear to me, and take care of things with my baby and house while allowing me to take a much-needed nap. I cannot imagine having a newborn baby and dealing with recovery issues without having Susannah around. I have no reservations whatsoever in recommending her to new mommies.
Susannah brings both great warmth and knowledge to her work with moms and babies. She was courteous and professional from beginning to end, from introductions to helping with day-to-day tasks all the way to billing. With her deep understanding of babies' development and needs, I would recommend her highly for new moms.





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